Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in dry woodlands, thin soils around rock outcrops, sandhills, dry pinelands, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate & basal rosette

FLOWER:
Summer
Rays: White
Disc: White
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in flat corymbs

FRUIT:
Summer
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sericocarpus asteroides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sericocarpus asteroides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-001:
Aster paternus   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Toothed White-topped Aster


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picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_seas3_001_lvd

        

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm0506j_13

June    Oconee County    SC

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm0506j_16

June    Oconee County    SC

The 1/2" heads are borne in flat-topped clusters, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm0506j_18

June    Oconee County    SC

Leaves elliptic, lower with a petiole & a few teeth, upper smaller & sessile, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm170624_242

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_asteroides

June        

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm060704_021

July    Greenville County    SC

Rays broader than those of S. linifolius, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm060704_024

July    Greenville County    SC

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

JK Marlow    jkm060704_024b

July    Greenville County    SC

The so-called White-topped Asters have about 5 rays and creamy-white disks, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmsasteroides_buzroost2

Month Unknown    Oconee County    SC

Buzzard Roost Heritage Preserve

Involucres narrowly campanulate to cylindric, upper bracts usually squarrose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

picture of Aster paternus, image of Sericocarpus asteroides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmsasteroides_buzroost3

Month Unknown    Oconee County    SC

Buzzard Roost Heritage Preserve

Coastal Plain populations are rhizomatous, while inland populations are not, per Weakley's Flora.